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Opening Day. 2016.
Spring is in the air (kind of). The boys are back in town. And Fenway Park is officially open for business. Baseball season makes me kind of giddy and, as another Opening Day is upon us, I felt the need to take a walk down my own little Memory Lane last night.
I’ve clocked some serious hours inside the hallowed walls of Fenway Park….here are some of my favorite memories and photos. Some during important events with sold out crowds, some when the ballpark was completely empty, some victorious, some solemn, some firsts, some lasts, some celebrations, some good-byes, some iconic, and some quirky. All a part of why Fenway Park in undoubtedly one of my favorite places on Earth.
Grandfather, Father and Son 3 generations visit Gloucester from Washington D.C. Father and son came up to watch the Red Sox play the Washington Nationals.
FYI – They were all Red Sox fans. The young man also counted 537 Granit Blocks he walked on all the way out to the Beacon.
Only set me back like $60! #myfenway
Well, it’s my last Sox game of the trip, and it’s a night game!!! This weather has been perfect, and the boys are looking great.
It’s the top of the 3rd, and no score. But Pedroia just let one slip past. Rare. Stay tuned for some night photos.
Sitting just behind 1st, sweetness!
It’s an absolutely perfect day at FENWAY SOUTH!! Wish you all were here;)
And I’m off to FENWAY South to report on the RedSox! JetBlue would like to remind everyone leaving Boston that your leaving Title Town. BOOOOM #
It appears that only one is missing…
Stay tuned for live updates from the games!
The Red Sox will host a “Baseball Winter Weekend” this January where fans will have an opportunity to interact with players, hear from owners, and listen to roundtable discussions on a variety of baseball topics. The event takes place at Foxwoods Resort and Casino from Friday, January 23, through Sunday, January 25. Passes for Baseball Winter Weekend are available now at redsox.com/winterweekend.
Hotel accommodations are available at Foxwoods, so the entire North Shore could make a weekend getaway out of it.
Note: Please don’t blow your entire life savings at the craps table. We’d prefer you save at least enough to buy a few Red Sox tickets — which will be available for sale at the event. OR — Red Sox fans will have their first opportunity to purchase 2015 single game tickets and “Sox Pax” on Saturday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m…. and then they can spend their leftover $$$ at Foxwoods.
Photo courtesy Boston Red Sox
I’m so sad that our own Joey C. must have snuck off to the bathroom just before I snapped this pic. He was commiserating with these fellow Jeter fans about the end of an era, but needed to excuse himself to get composed after some tears were shed.
On another note, Tasty Burgers are indeed T.A.S.T.Y. I had the Gorgonzola Burger (fantastic) and a super yummy Whale’s Tale from Nantucket’s own Cisco Brewery. Ok….maybe 2 Whale’s Tales.
So, baseball is over for another 188 days….or a mere 142 if you start counting back from when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training…and Jeter is gone. BUT…Tasty Burger is still there, and if you haven’t been there for some indulgent grub, you’re missing out a bit.
It was quite possibly one of the strangest last days of Red Sox baseball I’ve ever witnessed. It was indeed a pleasure to bear witness to Derek Jeter’s last game of major league baseball today within the walls of Fenway Park. The ball park was teaming with #2 Yankees shirts, pin stripes, and New York fans. It was almost difficult to remember that we were actually there to wrap up a Boston season and wish them well as we begin to dream of a better 2015.
In true Red Sox fashion, the organization planned an impressive send off to the beloved Yankees #2 and it is one of “those” days that will be written down in the well read history books that make the Red Sox, well, the Red Sox.
Sadly, I’m not sure how many of us have not been somehow touched by at least one form of this nasty disease, and surely no one needs me to try to wax poetically about how wretched it is.
So, I’ll try to keep this short.
Someone who once meant the world to me lost his battle with cancer back in May. His fight was sadly, and yet thankfully, all too brief and he was gone, I believe, before many were able to completely wrap their heads around the fact that they may lose him. I felt his loss in weird ways…and kind of lonely ways. It had been many years since we were close and, having gone in slightly different directions, I didn’t really have anyone to share my memories of him with after he was gone. Much of my sadness was actually for the MANY friends and loved ones who were still fiercely close to him and who had to feel the sudden loss of him from their immediate lives….as opposed to a life that they shared a number of years earlier, like mine. I couldn’t help but lay awake at night and hurt for his family, his girlfriend, his teammates, and his incredibly close circle of friends. The thought of his dog not understanding where he was stung me significantly. But, I missed him too…even though it felt selfish.
But this post isn’t intended to be about me….or even solely about him….it is about everyone who has had cancer detonate their world. You know what, this post is actually for anyone who hasn’t been rocked by the “c” word also.
This weekend, August 2nd (what would have been his 45th birthday) and August 3rd mark this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge. The PMC has been raising money for the fight against cancer since 1980 and, in those three plus decades, riders have raised over $400 million. As they say, “Closer By the Mile” towards a cure. I have had the honor of photographing the PMC for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox organization has had its own team of riders, Team 9, out riding for a cure for many years. They are also unwavering supporters of Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund. Being witness to such camaraderie during the course of the 2 day ride has been beyond moving.
I have donated, in very modest ways, since 2004. Not every year, but most years. Each year, in the hopes of being able to donate more the following year. This year I have sponsored 3 amazing, dedicated, and humble riders. Three riders who are riding to celebrate loved ones and to be proactive in the fight against this heinous disease. Three riders who I am incredibly motivated by and proud of. If you do not know anyone riding this year, you can still donate.
So, if you’ve been thinking that you’d like to be charitable…or more charitable as the case probably is for many of you…there is still time.
Absolutely… spending a day at Fenway Park is one of the best ways to enjoy a day here in the Boston area, but, let’s be honest, it is not always that easy to score tickets that are affordable. And…if you have young children, you can’t guarantee they’ll care much about the game. I’ve seen more grumpy moms and dads grudgingly leave the ballpark because their young child was “done.” OR….you spend a gazillion dollars on ice cream, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, big foam fingers, Wallys, inflatable bats, and other souvenirs as tokens of hush money….all to no avail. 3rd inning…out the door.
I’ll never recover from a day a few years ago when I brought Thatcher onto the field with me pre game to take photos of the players warming up. He was a super cute 4 year old at the time and was wearing a “Pedroia” shirt. We walked past the dugout and Kevin Youkilis started to raz Thatch for not wearing his # instead. Within a minute Thatcher had the attention of Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Josh Beckett. They were all chatting him up and joking with him and I couldn’t have been happier. Thatch?….you may ask. Over the moon?…you may assume. Well, not exactly. After a minute of tolerating the attention, he turned to me and said, “Can we go back to our seats before Finn eats all the popcorn?” Alrightly then. Bye guys.
So, while my boys are now old enough to love Red Sox games, and they get through a whole 9 innings or more with only a little bit of bribing, it is still something that we can really only pull off a couple of times each summer.
The solution?? Three words. Minor League Games! My boys are almost just as happy to head to the Lowell Spinners, the Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox), and, hopefully soon, the Portland Sea Dogs. The venues are incredibly family friendly, affordable, and FUN. The children get much closer access to the players and can often times score themselves a run around the bases, an autograph opportunity, or a chance to catch something chucked into the stands in between innings.
I, just a moment ago, received an email from the Spinners reminding me of the Family Sleepover. Come on….talk about fun for kids! You go to the game, head back to the car for a minute, grab your tent and gear, set up shop, watch a movie on the scoreboard, and spend the night sleeping on the field.
If you have a budding baseball fan in the family and haven’t taken advantage of the minor league teams in our area, you’re missing out. I highly recommend looking into tickets….and, might I add, there really isn’t bad seat in any of those houses!
Play Ball my friends!
If you haven’t heard or seen by now, this is what everyone has been clawing for. It was free at the Sox game yesterday. Serious collectors are going crazy for these suckers. I have to admit, it’s way more detailed and heavy than I expected. This is clearly not your average toy bobblehead.